Took some lessons the summer after fourth grade from a college kid who was a music major and home for the summer. He taught me the "cowboy chords," and I learned a bunch of folk songs from paperback songbooks. I shortly got into a band with some of my friends (we're talking fifth/sixth grade here), and we were doing tunes like "Gloria," "Mustang Sally," "Louie Louie," etc. that we learned by ear from the records. Sometimes the older kids (like junior high) would show us the right chords if we had the wrong ones. This was the Beatlemania era, but for some reason we didn't touch that material. I don't remember why. After that it was all by ear from the vinyl. The first Paul Butterfield Blues Band album was a big one for me. From there it was Cream, Hendrix, etc. I didn't take any more lessons until the late '70s, when I got it into my head that I wanted to learn jazz. I took some theory classes at a local college and studied for a year or so with an excellent local guitar teacher. (I lived near Woodstock, NY, so the woods were full of great musicians.) That opened up a lot for me, although I never did become what I would call a jazz player. I've always been predominantly an ear player. I used to sit and watch TV with a guitar in my hands. Whenever there was music on some show, whether it was a performance of just background, I tried to play along with it. When there wasn't, I just noodled. Believe it or not, I think that helped me a lot.